Arsenal on red alert as Nastasic becomes available

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be set to make a move for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, after it’s claimed the Serbian international has been transfer listed by the club.

The Gunners are in the market for a central defender, as it looks increasingly likely that club captain Thomas Vermaelen will be leaving the Emirates for Manchester United.

Nastasic moved to the Etihad in 2012 and has made 34 appearances in that time, however his first team chances now look even more limited due to the imminent arrival of Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.

Juventus, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are also keen on the 21 year-old, who could be available on a loan deal with a view to signing permanently at the end of the season.

 Wenger has chased Nastasic since he was 16, and could now make his move to secure his signature, although any move for the Serbian centre back is likely to hinge on the future of Vermaelen, as United are yet to place a bid for the 28 year-old.

Written by Matthew Derrig

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